Brayden is an associate professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. After receiving a PhD in sociology from the University of Arizona, he was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Brigham Young University from 2005 to 2008. Brayden’s research focuses on how social movement activists influence corporate governance, organizational change, and legislative policymaking. He also studies the ways in which the organizational identities of social movement organizations and businesses emerge and transform in response to their institutional environments. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Sociology, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, and Social Forces.